Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation's collection is one of the most impressive private art collections in Scandinavia.
Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation's collection includes Finnish art classics and old European paintings. The foundation also owns a considerable collection of Finnish sculpture.
Factory owner Gösta Serlachius laid the foundation for the collection and donated it to the Foundation in 1933. At the time, the collection consisted of around 250 works of art spanning more than 100 years of Finnish art history. Gösta Serlachius was not a conservative collector; he had a keen interest in contemporary art and commissioned new works from artists of his day.
In april 2013 the collections consisted of some 10 000 catalogued artworks. In pratice the foundation adds to its collections constantly by advised acquisitions and by donations that the foundation has bee honoured to receive.
Gösta has one of the most impressive collections from the Golden Age of Finnish painting in Finland. It consists of works by artists Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck, Eero Järnefelt, Victor Westerholm and Magnus Enckell. The sculpture collection includes works by Robert Stigell, Walter Runeberg and Emil Wikström and several other notable names.
The most important 20th-century Finnish artists represented are Juho Rissanen, Tyko Sallinen, Marcus Collin, Alvar Cawén and Lennart Segerstråle. Sculpture from the same time period includes works by Wäinö Aaltonen, Hannes Autere and Jussi Mäntynen.
The in Finnish scale rare collection of old European paintings contains works by Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French painters from the 15th to 19th centuries.